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Grocer commits to cage-free eggs

April 14, 2016
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A locally based grocery chain has joined a national movement.

Grand Rapids-based SpartanNash announced this week that it will transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025 at its 160 stores.

The commitment includes cage free, free range, certified organic and pasture-raised eggs.

Cage-free brands currently in Spartan stores include Full Circle, Green Meadows and Eggland’s Best.

"SpartanNash recognizes that farming practices evolve based on new information, technologies, agricultural advancements and consumer preferences," said Larry Pierce, EVP of Merchandising and Marketing, SpartanNash.

"Consequently, we rely on industry, agricultural and veterinary experts to stay abreast of scientific developments. Such experts have told us that it will take years to modify facilities to ensure an adequate supply of safe, sustainable cage-free eggs.

“For this reason, our buyers are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have access to a number of cage-free egg brands for our retail store customers.”

Cage-free commitments

Walker-based Meijer announced this month that it is planning on a complete cage-free transition by 2025.

Walmart and Sam’s Club also announced this month that they’re committing to cage-free eggs by 2025.

Other grocers such as Target, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Albertsons and Kroger have also made the commitment.

McDonald’s made a cage-free policy last September.

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